Question – my shpynxes paws and tail are fuzzy, but the fuzz has turned yellow. how do I clean him so it’s white again?
Answer – It is not unusual for Sphynx cats to have fuzz on their feet, tails, nose and genitals. Depending on the colour of your Sphynx and how often, and with what, you wash them, you may end up with some discolouration. If you are washing your Sphynx cat with a cat shampoo then staining will be coming from either the environment or there may be something wrong with the cat itself as some illnesses can affect the protein in the cat’s saliva, or over-grooming by the cat to areas because of illness. If you suspect a change in behaviour or health then a vet visit is advised.
If you know of an environmental reason (sleeping in a pot plant for example) a tip from the show ring may help. Make a slurry of cornflour and water and use like a shampoo on the areas. Rub vigorously into the hairy areas and then rinse off. When cat is dry dust cornflour into the fur and rub in. The cornflour absorbs oils and helps remove anything that could be causing discolouration. Let the cat groom out naturally.
Note: My Sphynnx cat Sonya is a pink Sphynx which means her fur is naturally white, but as she is growing older there has also been the appearance of some ginger fur as well. This comes and goes as the hair does. Make sure you aren’t mistaking natural ginger fur for discolouration.